College of Visual and Performing Arts

Interior Design Program

WHAT IS INTERIOR DESIGN? Interior Design is a discipline that requires working with clients and other design professionals to develop design solutions that are not only attractive and appealing, but also safe and functional, in addition to satisfying the needs of the people using the space. The professional Interior Designer is qualified by education, experience, and examination to enhance the function and quality of interior spaces.

The Bachelor of Science degree program in Interior Design prepares students to function as interior designers who understand aesthetic and technical requirements of a given project, and who are able to provide design solutions to both residential and commercial projects. Interior designers must know how to plan a space and how to present that plan to the client. They must also be knowledgeable about the materials and products that will be used to create and furnish the space. They must understand how texture, color, lighting and other factors combine and interact to create a human-centered interior environment. In addition, interior designers ensure that  health and safety issues, building codes, and other technical aspects are taking into consideration through the design process.

The Bachelor of Science degree program in Interior Design, accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), prepares students to function as interior designers who understand aesthetic and technical requirements of a given project, and who are able to provide design solutions to a variety of projects, including both residential and commercial projects. Interior designers must know how to plan a space and how to present that plan visually to the client. They must also be knowledgeable about the materials and products that will be used to create and furnish the space, and how texture, color, lighting and other factors combine and interact to create a human-centered interior environment. In addition, interior designers must understand health and safety issues, building codes, and other technical aspects.

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree Program in Interior Design

Our B.S. degree program prepares graduates with knowledge and skills that enable them to pursue many career opportunities in interior design, interior architecture, architectural design, facility planning, building construction industry and many other design-related fields. The well-crafted curriculum includes Purdue University Fort Wayne general education courses, interior design core courses and the sequential design studio courses from freshmen to senior level.

The two sequential capstone courses include departmental approved interdisciplinary courses that allow students to develop an area of design specialty in healthcare design, educational design, hospitality design, retail design, and residential design as well as many other different design specialties. Students will also receive lots of personal attention and experience including a semester-long practicum and the exciting senior exhibition at the conclusion of your coursework. As you graduate from the Interior Design program, you have acquired a broad skill set required for an interior designer.

Bachelor of Science in Interior Design degree is divided into two parts:

  • 33 credits of General Education classes
  • 87 Interior Design classes (First Year Interior Design courses (24 CR), Second Year Interior Design courses (21 CR), Third Year Interior Design courses (24 CR), Fourth Year Interior Design courses (9 CR), Interior Design Electives (9 CR), and Interdisciplinary Design Topic Course (3 CR) 

Students in the Department of Art and Design B.S. program must maintain a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA and receive a grade of C - or higher in all Art and Design classes. A total of 120 credit hours of study are required for graduation.

Interior Design Program Senior Exhibition

The Interior Design Senior Exhibition is an annual event that is open to the public. There are two sequential senior capstone courses (INTR400 and INTR 401) in the interior design curriculum, and the senior project exhibition is the successful culmination of the Interior Design program at the end of the spring semester. Past senior projects covered a wide range of design selections, including healthcare, assisted living facilities, office buildings, restaurants, single family homes, retail, churches, and school building designs, to name a few.

In senior capstone courses, students take primary responsibility in gathering data, analyzing and organizing information during the design process for real world projects. In order to create a human-centered space, design research has been emphasized and is an integral component in the design process. The design concepts of senior projects are presented visually through a multimedia approach. The senior capstone courses serve as a bridge between education and professional practice. Interior Design Senior Exhibition provides a great opportunity for our students to showcase their creative work, offering creative design solutions which are the result of research and collaboration with clients.

For more information about the Interior Design curriculum and requirements, contact Suining Ding, NCIDQ, ASID, IDEC.

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree Program in Interior Design is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD),